Woolies in liquor win

Retail giant Woolworths has won a five-year legal battle to open a liquor superstore in Bicton despite objections from the community, local council and the executive director of public health.

A Court of Appeal decision in 2013 meant the Dan Murphy's store had to be reconsidered by the Liquor Commission because it had failed to properly apply the public interest test when rejecting the 2009 application.

In a recent decision the commission granted the application, however reasons for the determination are yet to be published.

The new store in the Melville Plaza Shopping Centre on Canning Highway will be within 500m of another alcohol superstore operated by competitor Coles.

At the time of application the 1843sqm outlet, consisting of display and sales as well as storage, was set to be one of the biggest liquor stores in the State.

The West Australian

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